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Old 12-23-2010, 10:19 AM   #8
E30M42cab
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I wonder if its really even over heating, or if its the wonderful e30 temp gauge that loves to dance around. Likely a loss of pressure from an external leak would be the culprit of a real overheating issue. Bleeding water pump is likely. Even a small leak from under the intake manifold or one of the throttle body heater plate hoses wouldn't surprise me. when you say it has 220000miles I assume you mean kms. I wouldn't worry about that. Between my dad and I, we have three 318i/is's all with 290+ kms (my coupe has 317,000kms and it runs fine even after beating the crap out of it all summer. I wouldn't be affraid of a minor overheating issue unless it is the head gasket, but you'd be able to tell that by looking at the oil, plugs, coolant.
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